League News

Prize Guys
Entries are now flowing in for this year’s Senior Merit, now sponsored by Shropshire Vertidrain & Turf Services Ltd to the tune of £125 – see Competition News for details. Wednesday 25th May is prelim round night in the Harris Cup and first round night in the Ashton Cup for Monday teams, although the tie between Wrockwardine Wood D and Charlton has …
Cups & Teams
The draws for the Harris Cup and Ashton team knockouts – now both 5 home-5 away – have been made, with opening ties to be played on Wednesday 25th May – see Competition News And the squads for the MSBL A and B teams for this year’s Shropshire senior inter-league championship have also been selected – see below. The A team were …
More History
Two more slices of Mid Shropshire history have been made in this, the League’s 90th anniversary year. The Over-60 Merit returned to the same venue, Trench, where the competition was played for the first time back in 2016, and – like then – it ended with the same winner! That was Dave Brown, now bowling full-time with Sinclair, who defeated last year’s …
May Update
In the wake of another poorly attended May management meeting of the League, clubs have been emailed direct with matters arising from it – one of the most important being that the May meeting may become a thing of the past! Things to note are … Fixture Secretary update: The season has started pretty well with only a few minor issues, Wrockwardine …
Teams News
Mid Shropshire has entered 2 teams in this year’s Shropshire senior inter-league championship – and one of them is through to the quarter-finals already! That’s MSBL B, who will not feature in the eight-a-side knockout (with ties on Saturday nights, 7pm, at neutral venues) until the last 8 do battle on June 25. But MSBL A, with Michael Cooper as captain, face …
Party Plans
Progress on plans for the League’s 90th Anniversary Celebration Day – at St Georges on Saturday 4th June – feature on the agenda for the May management meeting on Tuesday the 3rd . Nearly half of the bowlers who will represent member clubs in the MSBL @ 90 Singles on the bottom green starting at 10.30am have been nominated – and  the …
Late Blow
The 2022 season is finally fully up and running – but not without an 11th hour hiccup. Wrockwardine Wood were forced to withdraw their B team from division 3 on the morning of the opening fixture, leaving Madeley CC B without a match and just 10 teams competing in the division A WW spokesperson explained: “Since entering the team we have had …
New Focus
Monday night action in divisions 4-5-6 started with 30 teams involved on opening night, but the 2022 campaign is not in full swing yet. For the Easter weekend brings the Monday fixture schedule to an immediate halt next week, meaning the focus of attention will be on the re-launch of divisions 1-2-3 on Friday 22nd April with 10-a-side matches. But before then, …
Season Is Go!
The return to hopefully normal action in the League has started with six matches in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division featuring big home wins for Sir John Bayley and reigning champions from 2019 St Georges, plus a fine away result for Madeley CC. The match fees per player for the 2022 season were approved at the April executive meeting two days earlier …
Time To Talk
The League springs back into life this week with the first 2022 fixtures in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division – but first there’s some talking to do. An executive meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th April at the Sir John Bayley Club with the match fees for the season to be announced along with more details about the League’s 90th anniversary …
Nearly There!
Just one week to wait now until the 2022 MSBL season springs into life with the first fixtures in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division. But there won’t be the seven fixtures for a full house of 14 teams as planned and hoped for . . . That’s because Bowring have informed the League that they have had to withdraw, a club spokesperson …
Have A Look!
The Competition Dates for 2022 so far finalised by organiser Phil King can now be seen on the Competition News section of this website To mark its 90th anniversary, the League aims to use the greens of founder members clubs like Trench, Horsehay and St Georges Saturday 30th July is the big day on the calendar – Senior Merit finals day – when £125 …
Fixture Time!
The 2022 fixtures are now live on this site – and they show that two years hit by the pandemic has not done the League any favours. New fixture secretary John Palmer reports: “We’ve lost five teams from Friday nights, two from Mondays and two from Thursdays, which is somewhat offset by two new teams on a Monday and two on a …
2022 Divisions
The pdf within this post contains the MSBL’s divisional structure for the 2022 season produced by new fixture secretary John Palmer, which has already been sent direct to all clubs. It also details the start and finish dates for all the divisions, plus the plan for dealing with the numerous (and extra) Bank Holidays this year. MSBL 2022 Fixtures This has involved …
Local Heroes
The League’s 2022 AGM marked the official agreement of a new two-year sponsorship deal with Local Print Pros. The Hadley-based company are specialists in top quality printed clothing, including printed t-shirts and printed hoodies. They also print banners – one of which has already been presented to the League – business cards, decals and much, much more. Well known Horsehay bowler and …
Clock Ticking
The clock is ticking and midnight tonight – Saturday 12th March – is the deadline for all member clubs to let League offiicials know how many teams they will be entering and in what divisions this year. John Palmer is the person to contact as the League’s new fixture secretary (email midshropshirefixtures@gmail.com) and as of the start of play today he was …
AGM Facts
There was a kind of poetic symmetry to the fact that, on the cusp of the League’s 90th anniversary season, the 2022 AGM was one of the most important in its history. That’s why all 25 current member clubs were represented in a full house at Wellington’s Sir John Bayley Club on Tuesday 8th March when the following key votes were taken …
Potter Power
League President Mike Potter can expect a warm reception at the 2022 Mid Shropshire AGM tonight (TUES) – just 24 hours after stepping back into the county spotlight. He was made County President for the second time in front of a packed house at Wem USC for the SCGBA AGM, and here's the speech that nominated him: Madam President, ladies & gentleman, …
Don’t Miss It
The 2022 AGM has all the makings of being one of the most important meetings in the League’s 90-year history. There are crucial votes to be made and new officers to elect on Tuesday 8th March at Wellington’s Sir John Bayley Club, starting at 7pm. Delegates will have the final say on whether Friday night fixtures this year stay at 12-a-side or …
Double Boost
The League is delighted to announce agreeing a second new sponsorship deal in just two months. Hot on the heels of the £100 per annum two-year deal agreed with Local Print Pros thanks to Steve Reeves, we now have Shropshire Vertidrain & Turf Services Ltd on board too. Directors and well know bowlers, Mike Humphries and Paul Beer, are going to sponsor …